Nicolas Roeg

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    1. QuestShield

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      RIP sir
       
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      Just saw this on the BBC news site.

      I wasn't aware of who he was until I saw he directed Don't Look Now and The Witches, one of my favourite movies as a kid, thanks for the brilliant movies.

      RIP
       
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      Walkabout, Don't look Now & The Witches :smashin:

      Rest In Peace
       
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      RIP Nic Roeg.

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      One of the great directors and cinematographers, whose first four feature films (I'm not including his music documentary about Glastonbury) 'Performance', Walkabout', 'Don't Look Now' and 'The Man Who Fell To Earth', were four of the most outstanding and groundbreaking films of the 1970s and proved that box office success and a brilliant, idiosyncratic artistic vision could comfortably co-exist.

      If 'Don't Look Now' was the only film he had ever made, his place in screen history would have been assured. The film must vie with 'A Matter of Life And Death' for the title of greatest British film of all time. The film's impessionistic, oblique, non-chronological structure -the trademark of so many of his films- pandered not one jot to audience expectations, requiring the viewer to do the work of piecing the puzzle together for themselves, something which in itself makes his films eminently rewatchable and definitely a non-passive experience.

      'Performance', 'Don't Look Now' and 'The Man Who Fell To Earth' and 'Bad Timing' also pushed the limits of what was acceptable on the screen. 'Performance' pushed the boundaries with it's depiction of homosexuality, bisexuality and violence, while never straying into gratuitousness and of course everyone remembers the "did-they-do-it-for-real-or-not?" love scene between Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie in 'Don't Look Now'. My abiding memory of my first viewing of 'The Man Who Fell To Earth' will always be the audible gasp that went up in the cinema when Rip Torn's bedmate took his penis in her hand, kissed it (for real) and said "Just like my father!".

      This of course led to censorship problems around the globe for many of Roeg's films, one of the most famous being when the BBC completely removed the love scene from 'Don't Look Now' on its first television broadcast, resulting in a deluge of viewer protests (including a letter from yours truly which was published in 'The Radio Times' :) ), which led them to reverse their decision and fully restore the scene for its second screening.

      Fortunately, in the UK Roeg had champions in film censor Stephen Murphy and his successor James Ferman, both of whom always passed Roegs' films completely uncut.

      In the USA in 1980 'Bad Timing' polarised critical opinion, with it scooping awards and virulent criticism in equal measure. The Rank Organisation who had financed the film was appalled, branding it "a sick film made by sick people for sick people" and removing the Rank logo from all UK prints of the film. In the USA the film was slapped with the 'X' certificate, then reserved only for hardcore pornography, leading to a very limited distribution and a lack of a home video release until Criterion's DVD release in 2005.

      However as the post 'Star Wars' infantilisation of popular cinema continued apace, Roeg found his style of filmmaking less of a commercial prospect than in his heyday of the early '70s and his films became less widely distributed in the UK and the USA, while still being moderately successful in continental Europe.

      One of the factors that made Roeg such a fascinating film-maker was not only his acute intelligence and unique directorial style, but the fact that he was also one of the greatest cinematographers the British film industry has ever produced.

      Before graduating to the director's chair, Roeg shot, among many others, 'Lawrence of Arabia' (second unit only, but just LOOK at that second unit stuff!), 'The Masque of the Red Death', 'Doctor Zhivago', 'Fahrenheit 451', 'Casino Royale', 'Petulia' and the sumptuous looking 'Far From The Madding Crowd'.

      In later years Roeg directed several projects for television, including an Emmy winning production of Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness', the source novel for 'Apocalypse Now'.

      Another one of the true greats, gone!
       
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      The last scene in Don't Look Now disturbed me so much as a child that I still can't look at an image of that 'dwarf' thirty years on.

      On the flipside, Jenny Agutter's skinny dipping in Walkabout helped get me through childhood.

      R.I.P to a true original...
       
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      From the son of the man who fell to earth

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      Alas, poor Nicolas Roeg, though I didn't know him well.

      Now I feel that I must watch my copy of "Don't look now" all the way through this time, maybe I'll gather a few friends so I won't feel quite so apprehensive as the end approaches ...
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